Let’s Talk: Coles dobs Woolies in for breaching ANZAC restrictions

ANZAC Day is pretty special in Australia and there are therefore a whole series of laws to encourage people to
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ANZAC Day is pretty special in Australia and there are therefore a whole series of laws to encourage people to stop and solemnly salute our veterans. In fact, in NSW, the laws say that. Last night Coles came out swinging at Woolworths for breaching the NSW ANZAC Day trading restrictions causing a remarkable furore over what is the right approach to retail on such a special day. We have to ask today: is it just a case of sour grapes or does Coles have a point?

Coles have claimed that Woolworths broke the NSW trading laws by staffing their stores from approximately 10am when the laws say that staff across the state should not be allowed to enter stores, prepare produce, or take deliveries prior to 1pm.  Coles respected the law, and staffed their operations from 1.

Woolworths staff were, according to Fairfax, making sushi, stocking the cabinets with seafood and baking the bread that would likely have been in high demand throughout the afternoon.

Woolworths is reporting that volunteer salary-paid managers were the only staff involved in store preparations, and that clear directions of this were given to staff. It is reported that if they breached trading in each of their NSW stores, that the fines could be up to $2.75 million, $11,000 per store.

So the question today is, do you think it is just part of the continued argument between Woolies and Coles, or do you think that the morning of ANZAC Day is more important than ever? Have your say.

  1. Kay Nuske  

    Volunteer salary paid? What a joke! Ive worked in shops for years, who would volunteer to work early on such a sacred day? What pressure would be put on them???

    • I believe Woolworths have breached the laws. How low can they get, to have staff of any description working on Anzac Day stinks. Don’t think I will bother going there anymore. Good on Coles.

    • kathy  

      I always volentiered when I was on salary
      Good on them

  2. Jacquie  

    I don’t think any shop anywhere should be open on a public holiday. Simple as that. We can survive with the odd shop free day surely. We used too. 12:00 closing on Saturday mornings and then nothing but the locally owned milk bar til Monday. Much more family friendly.

    • Marilyn  

      ALL stores pubs clubs should be closed til 1pm. I watched the Darwin March and their pubs were open very early and in the swing of things by 10am and we’re even skiting about it. Disgraceful! Two-up yes no grog. Didn’t see any diggers out of their minds drunk !!!

  3. Laurel Colwill / Burnes  

    I personally think all stores should close completely on this SPECIAL ANZAC DAY.
    I think these businesses do well and truly ok over the year without opening on this day.

    If anyone were to protest on this matter i would be the first in line!

    IF THEY HAD ANY MORALS, THEY WOULDN’T OPEN ON THIS DAY.
    THEY ONLY THINK OF THE MIGHTY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    ALWAYS HAVE!

    I LOVE ALDI, BEST STORE TO OPEN IN AUSTRALIA!

    • Jennifer Dickson  

      Thoroughly agree with you. Me managed for years and without fridges or freezers so why not these days? Greed and laziness have the upper hand it seems.

  4. If it’s true, Woolworths are in the wrong. and saying that volunteer salary-paid staff were the only ones involved is not the point…..Completely irrelevant , .I prefer Coles as my second choice with Aldi the first..
    The staff are more friendly and nothing is any trouble when looking for a product.

  5. Where I live in FNQ, I was surprised to see Woolworths advertised that they would be closed all day, Many years ago it was ,Nothing opened until 1 pm. I volunteer at a place and it opened at 12 noon. I think we should take it back strictly to 1 pm everywhere in Australia, not something different in each state.

  6. Good on Coles, Woolworths get worse by the day. Also I would like to know what volunteer salary paid staff are, bet they did not have any choice in the matter

    • Genevieve  

      Don’t know about Woolies salary paid staff, but when I was one, in another Company, it meant I had to be available 24/7/365, as my Salary was such to pay for any public holidays, o/t etc.

      It’s part of being salaried staff, to which you agree, & you’ve no choice when you work. You’re at the Company’s ‘beck & call’, but the salary amount makes up for that!

      I’d prefer to be that, than just a ‘worker’.

  7. im a carer i worked anzac morning and through till the following morning no one cares about that.

    • Irene Rayias  

      I know it’s hard being a carer and having to work on public holidays etc but seriously who would look after the sick or elderly otherwise. Impossible in nursing or caring roles.

  8. Neville Allen  

    Nobody likes a dobber but the law is the law and if it had not been Coles it would have been someone else.

  9. louise ferguson  

    i agree, all shops should be closed all day on Anzac day, when i was growing up, they were closed all day, and only the pubs were allowed open after midday. it is declared as a public holiday, public means everyone, it is called a remark of respect, for the diggers and soldiers that didn’t make it home, or are still fighting for us. so that we can have jobs and be able to work, in this stone age. so i believe that shops should be closed, all day on Anzac day, supermarkets make there money during the week and other days so one day isn’t going to loose them too much.. people would get organised for the day they wouldn’t need to go shopping on public holidays. .

    • John Stamenkovic  

      Louise , why do you think it’s ok for hotels to open and not shops? I’m sorry but l just don’t understand your logic!

  10. Doreen Macleod  

    I think that all retail stores should be closed on ANZAC day full stop I can’t believe that people were queuing to get into stores at our local super market surely people can survive 1 day with out needing to shop . Let’s go back to more reasonable shopping hours no all night shopping close at 9pm week days and 9-6pm Saturday and no trading Sunday’s

  11. Maybe this proves dirty corporate tactics used by Coles, funny how they both use same suppliers in many cases, but, Woolies is always reported via social media, then picked up by so called main stream media, as the ones who have contaminated food, with spiders, bolts etc. No l don’t w9rk for Woolies and usually don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories, but something just doesn’t seem to gel.

  12. lesley balsdon  

    Lest we forget. Yeah it is their day and we should respect that. As quite a few comments have said we survived without the stores being opened 24/7. Why not go back to closing Saturday and not reopen till Monday. I feel for families in this day and age all it is is the mighty dollar. Come on before it is to late wake up an smell the roses. Give diggers their day.

    • Dian McGuire  

      I think all shops should be closed on ANZAC CAN WE NOT DO WITHOUT GOING TO THE SHOPS ON THIS SPECIL DAY AND REMEMBER OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND THOSE THAT HAVE DIED TO MAKE A BETTER WAY OF LIFE WE ARE FORGETING WHAT ANZAC DAY IS

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